DreamCatchersDA Founder: “I Am On The Verge Of Giving Up”
When one-time Guardian Life’s cover subject Seyi Oluyole posted a video of her dancecrew, DreamCatchers DA online, little did they know that their Wizkid’s Soco dance tutorial will get global attention. The children garnered over two million views after Rihanna posted the video.
Only a few weeks ago, Oluyole says they were struggling with fundings to feed. She wrote in one of her videos, “This time last week, we didn’t have lunch, but here we are this week getting so much love with 12k followers!” (That number has since climbed to 42,000.) “Our hope has been renewed.”
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This time last week, we didn’t have lunch, but here we are this week getting so much love with 12k followers! Our hope has been renewed so we want to thank you with this video. Our costume was made by @mafabaonline so please follow him. Music is by talented @atumpanmusic … And the dancers, are your favourite kids- US 😁 Let us know in the comments if you want a full video posted on YouTube. Music: Slay Mama Artist: @atumpanmusic #dance #afrodancers #slaymama #ikorodutothe🌍 #africatotheworld #afrobeat #Talent #gwaragwara #shakushaku #Wakanda #wakandaforever #chopdaily #NWE #afroworlddance Cc: @chopdaily @nweworldwide @worldafrodance
Soon after that, Oluyole received donations that help ensure that these children stay in school while offering her home as shelter and including a response from Rihanna. Oluyole told us that her desire using her non-profit organisation, Dream Nurture Foundation, to help stemmed from the harsh reality of living on the streets and in camps for a few months.
“We had financial issues where we were on the streets for a couple of months. I realised that my parents were able to come out of it but there were children [whom] that was going to be their reality for the rest of their lives and I just wanted to use that opportunity to help other children.”
“It all started was when I was 14 and we had just moved to a new place. Our house was near a slum. I met a couple of kids at the slum there and I was just randomly teaching them [how to] dance. But then I realised how much they wanted to dance and I used it as a way to keep them in school.”
Since then, their videos have attracted the likes of Serena Williams, John Boyega, Naomi Campbell and Diddy.
But that was a year ago. Oluyole in a recent post lamented that the she is almost losing faith because the reposts have not necessarily translated to funds.
I’ll tell you the truth fam! I’m on the verge of giving up!
All the reposts from celeb has not translated to funds!
Any form of support and help, myself and kids will be grateful! I really don’t want to put them back on the streets! https://t.co/rN6Kl3CnTC
— Seyi Oluyole 👩🏽💻 (@SunkitYole) April 3, 2019
To create more awareness, she opened a gofundme account calling on members of the public to help her out.